We’re only a few days into December, but my table is set and ready for Christmas.
Of course I’ll be using the table between now and then, but I had a little downtime last weekend and was excited to do a trial run for our Christmas dinner and other gatherings throughout the holiday season. I adore creating new tablescape vignettes and wanted to experiment using a few new accessories that I recently picked up from the Dollar General Holiday dÃ©cor aisle. I mixed them with a few thrift store finds and DIY projects to create this…
I had alot of fun creating this vignette and we actually enjoyed a scrumptious dinner Saturday night on this beautifully decorated table. It was a little pre-Christmas meal to start off the countdown to the special Holiday. As you can see, we also lit the first candle on our Advent wreath.
The base of the table started with my DIY chevron table runner that I created. I actually never shared a tutorial on this specific runner, but it’s similar to the drop cloth runner that I made.
Since this is the table where we have dinner most every night, I needed a centerpiece that could easily move. A few weekends ago, the Mister and I created this box (using the same technique from the monogrammed chevron tray) using leftover pallet scraps. The size is 16″ wide X 26″ long and it’s the perfect size for a large scale (yet easily moveble) center focal point.
Inside the box I added advent candles, gold sparkly Christmas trees from Dollar General, and a ceramic bowl filled with cinnamon sticks, all surrounded by natural greenery that I trimmed from trees in our backyard. The cinnamon sticks smell so good – they give such a yummy fragrant scent when you pass by.
Dollar stores (like Dollar General) are a great place to find inexpensive items to decorate with. By ‘shopping your home’ and mixing dollar-store-deals with thrift-store-finds, you can truly create a gorgeous and elegant tablescape or vignette for very little money.
For each table setting, I added a round bamboo charger on top of the drop cloth placemats that I created last year. The bamboo weave gives nice texture and contrast to the neutral colored plates and placemats. I then added my everyday cream with black line rimmed dinner plates (a wedding gift from Crate and Barrel) and a buttercup-colored napkin (from Target) threaded through a festive bell ring. The seasonal bell ring was a great find from Dollar General. I don’t think they are actually napkin rings, but who cares – they work perfectly!
To add alittle more pizazz to the table, I draped a long strand of red Christmas bead garland around the perimeter of the pallet box. The bright hue was a perfect accent to the red bells on the napkins and the berries in the centerpiece.
A few loose Christmas ornaments completed the festive look.
Inviting and fun!
I’m really happy with the result of this tablescape. And the best part is that it’s practical because the main decor is in a box, which can easily move. I plan on using this newly created tray centerpiece for many upcoming Holidays and occasions – I’m thinking Easter baskets, Spring decor, and Fall foilage.
Were you wondering where I put my log centerpiece this year? Well it’s not here on the table (like last year) and it’s not on the mantel either, but instead I decided to use it as the backdrop for our village. The log centerpiece made for an AMAZING focal point, but wasn’t so easy to move = not practical. Since the buffet gets left alone, it was the perfect spot to admire it. That log centerpiece has been around the block and back, so it couldn’t be stuck away.
This is how it looked last year…
And this is how it’s being used now…
I love our little miniature village… and so do my kids. Each night, they drag over the stool and love to peak inside. It’s magical.
It would be nice to have each of you enjoy a delicious meal with me here at my table, but at least we can dream, right?!
I hope you’ve liked taking a glimpse at my tablescape for this Christmas – especially since it cost so little to create. Dollar General really had some great deals and you connect with them even more to see what they have to offer on the Dollar General Facebook Page. I sure have enjoyed sharing my tablescape with you!